Saturday, 29 January 2011

I agree with Fidel Castro . . .


. . . about the robot threat:
Castro is really worried about robots. He follows stories about US military innovation closely and is particularly exercised by the evolution of pilotless warplanes. "In 20 years," he writes of the US air force, "every single one of their warplanes will be robot-operated." And it won't stop there. "If robots in the hands of transnationals can replace imperial soldiers in the wars of conquest," Castro warns, the transnationals will "flood the world with robots that would displace millions of workers from their workplaces".
Via Global Dashboard.

Though I hate the robots in the supermarket already, I think it’s worse than Castro describes. I see toy spy drones controlled by phones advertised on billboards. Drones are being used for crop spraying. This period of time where robot weapons are used exclusively by state militaries may be very short, and existing defences may prove highly permeable to robot terrorism.

Robot radio from last year: from PRI’s The World, Jeb Sharp interviews PW Singer about Drones - The New Normal, and Mr Singer also turns up in the BBC Radio 4 documentary Robo Wars (MP3), while on WNYC’s Radiolab, Robert Krulwich asks Steven Johnson and Kevin Kelly What Does Technology Want?.

And for a humble insight into how we bio-robots work, listen to Richard Dawkins on BBC Radio 4’s The Age of the Genome.

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